The Pennsylvania Association of the Education of Young Children (PennAEYC) is a proud affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

PennAEYC is a dynamic membership organization of early care and education professionals dedicated to PennAEYC's Mission and Vision.


PennAEYC’s mission is to be an effective voice for high-quality early childhood care and education. We do this through policy development, advocacy and professional development and supports for early childhood professionals.


PennAEYC's vision is that all Pennsylvania families will have access to high-quality, affordable early childhood care and education opportunities for their children provided by a profession that is valued, well-compensated and supported.

Code of Ethics

PennAEYC is committed to the NAEYC Professional Code of Ethical Conduct and recognizes that early care and education professionals encounter situations everyday that require moral and ethical decisions. The NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct provides guidelines to support the professional. For more information please visit NAEYC website to read the Code of Ethics and learn more.

Message from Executive Director

The Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children, PennAEYC, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jen DeBell as Executive Director. Jen comes to the position with almost 20 years of experience in public policy and government relations advocating for children and families through roles in Pennsylvania state government and non-profit organizations.

For the past two years Jen has served as the PennAEYC Associate Executive Director leading the organization’s advocacy and policy initiatives at the state and federal levels. Along with campaign partner organizations, Jen was a leader in the launch of Start Strong PA, an advocacy campaign focused on improving access to affordable, high-quality child care, starting with infants and toddlers. She has also played a significant role in the Pre-K for PA advocacy campaign and has developed policy positions on and advocated for PennAEYC’s position on legislation, regulations and administration proposals that impact the early care and education field. She has served as the Interim Executive Director since September.

We are thrilled to have Jen as the next Executive Director leading the work of PennAEYC as the VOICE of Early Childhood Education in Pennsylvania.

For more information please see the full announcement here:  Jen DeBell Executive Director Announcement.


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